Posted by: Jacqui Murray | January 9, 2015

10 Hits and Misses for 2014

Top 10 hits and misses for 2012Since I started this blog five years ago, I’ve had almost 371,000 visitors reading the 932 articles I’ve written on every facet of how to get into USNA, the Navy life, and options if the Naval Academy doesn’t work out.  I also have regular features like Wednesday Hero and USNA Weekly News.

It always surprises me what readers find to be the most provocative–as surprising as what holds no interest for anyone but me! It’s usually a post I put heart and soul into, sure I was sharing Very Important Information, and I get three readers who slog their way through it. Talk about humility. Here they are–my top 10 and bottom 10:

Top Ten Hits

  1. 9 Secrets for Getting in USNA--yes, there are secrets. Sure you need grades and team sports and leadership, but there are a few more details that will make a difference.
  2. The Average USNA Candidate–this may surprise you
  3. Six reasons why you might be a midshipman…–these are the basics. Check here first before moving on to deeper requirements.
  4. How to Prepare for the Congressional Interview–Part III–what you need to know before interviewing with your Congressperson
  5. Checklist: Physical Qualifications for USNA Acceptance–what must you have to be physically fit by USNA standards
  6. How to Make Your Chance of Acceptance 70%–That’s right. There are a few issues that will make it much easier to gain acceptance into one of the best colleges in the country
  7. What is the USNA Honor Code?--not many universities require ‘honor’ of their applicants. USNA does. What’s that mean?
  8. Here’s What You Should Know About the Blue and Gold Interview--besides the Congressional interview, this is hugely important and can make up for a variety of shortfalls.
  9. 50 Reasons to Love the Marine Corps--a humorous list through the eyes of an enlisted Marine
  10. Marcus Lutrell Great Quotes: the Lone Survivor–wise soldier in a down-to-earth way

Top Ten Misses

  1. Man in the Arena
  2. Valentine Greeting to Your Soldier
  3. Military Quotation Book: Good Resource for Action Writers
  4. One Hundred Days–the British Military Mind
  5. How to Get Along (Critical Skill #4 for Future USNA Applicants)
  6. Plebe Parent Weekend is Past; Reform is Coming
  7. What Wise Men Say About War and the Military
  8. Book Review: Galloping Ghost
  9. America’s Next Virginia-class Submarine is Christened
  10. Eight Amazing American Warriors–Part Two

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular  Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman.  She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, an ISTE article reviewer, a monthly contributor to Today’s Author and mother of a Naval Officer and an Army grunt.


  1. I still don’t know how to request having a response to one of your articles removed. It is a serious matter.
    Brian McMenamin, Sr. BGO

    Sent from my iPad



    • I sent a comment back, but I’ll try your email also. Is it the post on Happy Thanksgiving! or another? Just send me the link to the one you want removed and I’ll do it immediately.


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